I really think what's going on with the Lakers is being over-hyped by the national media. They're barely out of the playoff race and they've been pretty injured so far. Of course they're going to struggle.
Some of these stories are a bit dramatic. There's a circus in the NBA every year. Last year it was the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the year before was the Carmelo trade fiasco, and now it's the Lakers. I hate the Lakers this season, but this media coverage is annoying.